Quoting the Bee Gees, "It's only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away." Since self-publishing my first novel in 2009, I have learned a lot about writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling novels and memoirs. The most important lesson I've learned is everyone has a book or three in them. I discuss the inspiration which motivated me to begin writing and publishing at age 55 and how everything I experienced in life up to then and since inspired, educated, and prepared me to write and publish at least one novel or memoir a year since.
Price Range: $0 and up.
Gig Length: 30 - 600 minutes
What to Expect
My goal is to inspire and inform the audience on using their life experiences to write novels, memoirs, and other types of books. I believe everyone has a book or three in them. The trick with writing a book is getting started, and if you've started and haven't finished, the other trick is to finish and do something with it.
I began my career working at Mr. Swiss, a fast food drive-in in my hometown of Poteau, OK at age 16 in 1970 making 85 cents an hour. I moved up to a job making $1.60 an hour at the Wal-mart shoe department the next year when Mr. Sam opened his 31st store in Poteau. I graduated from high school in 1972 and pretended to go to college for three misspent semesters at Southeastern State College in Durant, OK. Luckily, I married my high school sweetie in 1974 and we were together until she passed away in 2008. We have 2 daughters, 2 sons, 5 granddaughters, and 2 grandsons (so far). My career has been an interesting, meandering adventure following opportunity in retail, coal mining, telecommunications, newspaper, TV, automotive, collections, and metal buyer. Everything I've done in life prepared me in some way to begin writing and publishing novels and memoirs in 2009.
Influences & Inspiration
John Grisham, Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, William Holden, Mel Brooks, Ian Fleming, the framers of the United States Constitution.
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